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What's On

Scroll down the page to discover an exciting range of events every month as well regular, weekly activities, for all ages, on offer at your local Idea Store. 

November

Friday 17 - Sunday 19 November
Writeidea Festival

The ninth Writeidea Festival, Tower Hamlets Council’s unique free reading festival, will take place at Idea Store Whitechapel. We have some fantastic speakers again this year including Stella Duffy, Alan Dein, The Gentle Author and Irenosen Okojie. See the full programme of events and booking information.

  Monday 20 November 6:00pm-9:00pm 
Public Meeting:Whitechapel Housing Forum
 
Idea Store Whitechapel, Lab 2 
 
Week Commencing 20 November
Explore Your Archive

Join us for a programme of FREE events during the week commencing 20 November, hosted as part of the annual Explore Your Archive campaign, which aims to showcase the best of archives and archive services in the UK and Ireland.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
 
  Saturday 25 November - Sunday 10 December
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

For 16 days Idea Store Chrisp Street will host an interactive display supporting the International Campaign Against Gender Violence, 2017.
Come along to our free drama/film screenings.
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Tuesday 28 November, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Mobile Marketing for the Small Business

This talk is designed to help small businesses understand and harness the potential of mobile and reach out more effectively to potential customers so that they can achieve the maximum benefit of mobile marketing. For more information, booking details and our other Business events visit the Idea Store Business pages.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Throughout the Year

Story Time
Rhymes, stories and fun for babies and children up to 5 years old, plus time to choose your favourite books! Story Time takes place at all Idea Stores and libraries 
Monday to Saturday10:30am - 11:15am
 
Reading Aloud
Relax after school with refreshments and a story The Daily Serial for children up to 11 years takes place at all Idea Stores and libraries.
Monday to Friday, 3:30pm
 

Mondays

Conversation Club
Meet new friends and practise your English at this free and friendly conversation club.
For speakers of other languages.
Mondays, 10:00 - 11:00am Idea Store Bow
Mondays, 10:00 - 11:00am Idea Store Chrisp Street
Mondays, 2:00 - 3:00pm Idea Store Canary Wharf

Job Support Session with Krypton Training
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist careers advice and employment support service provider. Helps you with the skills you need to get back to work, including creation of CVs and covering letters and support with application forms and interview technique. For more information or to book an appointment contact 020 7375 3843
Mondays, 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Prime Time 
Have an enjoyable and relaxing time, meet new and familiar friends, enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with staff about new books, CDs, DVDs. For the over 50s.
Mondays, 10:15am - 11:45am
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Knit and Natter
Bring your knitting, lunch and hang out with other knitters.New members always welcome. Unravel and unwind!!
Mondays 1:00 - 2:00pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf 
 
Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Mondays, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Idea Store Bow
 

Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation.
Mondays, 2pm - 2.45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Boys' Book Club
For boys up to 11 years. A club especially for boys to get together and share their reading experiences, explore a range of reading materials and media and talk about anything that interests them. Snacks and drinks provided.  Have lots of fun making friends and enjoy a variety of activities. Look out for quizzes and prizes – and maybe a penalty shoot out.
In all Idea Stores and libraries 
Mondays, 4:00 pm

 
Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Mondays, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
PopLaw Legal Advice
PopLaw is FREE legal advice clinic run by qualified solicitors who will offer initial legal advice on all areas of the law except family and immigration. This is a drop-in service, no appointments necessary.
Mondays, 6:15pm - 8:15pm (starts 6 February 2017)
Idea Store Whitechapel

Tuesdays


Conversation Club
Meet new friends and practise your English at this free and friendly conversation club.
For speakers of other languages.
Tuesday, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

 

 

 

Job Club at Cubitt Town Library
Help with CV writing, job searching, course information and volunteering, with an Employment Adviser from the East End Community Foundation. 
Tuesdays, term-time only, 10:30am - 4:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Tuesdays, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Idea Store Watney Market 

Age UK and Cancer Awareness Information
Information for Tower Hamlets residents aged 50+ about Age UK services and cancer awareness with Age UK East London and Linkage.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10.30am - 12 noon
Idea Store Bow

Prime Time
Have an enjoyable and relaxing time, meet new and familiar friends, enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with staff about new books, CDs, DVDs. For the over 50s.
Tuesdays 10:30am - 12:00pm
Bethnal Green Library

Toy Library
Borrow good quality educational toys to enjoy at home with all the family. Run in partnership with Toyhouse.
Tuesdays (Term Time Only) 11.00am - 11.45am
Idea Store Bow
 
Bromley by Bow Centre Health Trainers 
The trainers: offer BMI checks, discuss healthy lifestyle options and advise and sign up to health sessions and classes.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Idea Store Bow
 
Job Support Session with Krypton Training
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist careers advice and employment support service provider. Helps you with the skills you need to get back to work, including creation of CVs and covering letters and support with application forms and interview technique. For more information or to book an appointment contact 020 7375 3843
2nd and 4th Tuesday of month, 10:00am - 5:00pm Idea Store Chrisp Street 
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:00am - 5:00pm Idea Store Bow
Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation.
Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Idea Store Canary Wharf
Tuesdays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Idea Store Chrisp Street
Tuesdays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Idea Store Bow
 
Girls' Book Club
This group is a fun way for girls  to get together and enjoy stories and a wide variety of activities, such as quizzes and creative projects. Make new friends and gain new experiences by taking part.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Tuesdays at 4:00pm
 
PopLaw Legal Advice
PopLaw is FREE legal advice clinic run by qualified solicitors who will offer initial legal advice on all areas of the law except family and immigration. This is a drop-in service, no appointments necessary.
Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street 
 
Bengali Book Group 
Discuss books with fellow readers and share in the rich cultural diversity of the Bengali language and community.
First Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 

Wednesday

Idea Store Job Club
Step by step guide to Universal Job Match. Learn to sign up and navigate the site, do a self-assessment to find out your strengths and weaknesses and get one to one support.
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30am
Idea Store Bow

Conversation Club
Meet new friends and practise your English at this free and friendly conversation club.
For speakers of other languages.
Wednesdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market
 
Citizens Advice Bureau Service - Advice in Chinese
Information and Advice on all general enquiries in Tower Hamlets aimed at Chinese speakers. Booking an appointment is necessary. To book an appointment call 020 7247 1050 
Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
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Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Legal Advice 
Free 30 minute one to one legal advice sessions with barrister Alison Fordham.By appointment only. Book a slot at the Help Desk
Wednesdays, 4pm - 6pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
Job Support Session with Krypton Training
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist careers advice and employment support service provider. Helps you with the skills you need to get back to work, including creation of CVs and covering letters and support with application forms and interview technique. For more information or to book an appointment contact 020 7375 3843
1st and 3rd Wednesday of month, 10:00am - 5:00pm, 
Idea Store Watney Market
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
Every Wednesday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Job Club 
Our Job Club which offers free, friendly advice on finding suitable training courses, developing your employability skills, Writing CVs and application form and searching for a jobs and interview techniques.
Wednesdays, 10:00am - 12:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Aaj Kal: Current affairs in Bengali
Discuss local and international news,views or even a book and learn basic computer skills over tea and coffee.
Wednesdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Wednesdays, 12:00pm - 1:00pm Cubitt Town Library
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00pm Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation if you want to. Get Into Reading groups are an enjoyable way to meet new people.
Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
 
Code Club
Would you like to learn to make your own computer games? At Code Club you can learn to make cool games, animations and websites too!
Fun for ages 7 - 11 years
Wednesdays at 4pm
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Wednesdays, 4:00pm
 
Turning Pages Book Group
A chance to talk all things books!
Third Wednesday of every month 6 - 7.30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
Book Group 
Discuss books with fellow readers at our informal, free monthly meetings. First Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow
 
Job Club
Drop into our free workshops for help with finding employment or starting your own business. Use our online resources:
· Self-assessments on Universal Skills
· Create or improve your CV
· Tips on interview questions and answers
· Apply for Universal Job Match
· Online applications
· Apply for volunteer roles with Idea Store
· Access and download eBooks, magazines, newspapers, music and audiobooks
Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market
 

Thursday

Citizens Advice Bureau Service 
Information and Advice on all general enquiries in Tower Hamlets. Booking an appointment is necessary. To book an appointment call 020 7247 1050 
Thursdays, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Prime Time
Come along to our weekly gatherings for anyone over 50! We aim to bring you culture, news, books, activities, talks and outings. Prime Time sessions are a great way to unwind and relax with a cup of tea.
Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Idea Store Chrisp Street  
Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Idea Store Watney Market
Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Cubitt Town Library
Thursdays, 10:00am– 12:00pm, Idea Store Bow
 
Book Break 
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading or conversation.
Thursdays, 2:30pm - 4:30pm Bethnal Green Library
 
Teenage Book Club
For over 12s only.Let’s share reading with others in a relaxing and friendly environment. Work with Idea Store staff to create a place that is special for you, where you can spend time with your friends and make new ones.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Thursdays, 4:00pm
 
Book Club 
A chance to talk all things books!
3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00pm
Cubitt Town Library
 
Book Group
Discuss your favourite books with fellow readers at our free monthly.
2nd Thursday of every month, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 

Friday

Royal Society for the Blind Job Club 
The Royal London Society for the Blind Employment Services Team can help you to achieve your career goals, and will support you on your journey towards a job.This is a drop-in service, no appointments necessary. 
Fridays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Account3 Legal Advice Session
Free, drop-in general legal advice session with Account3. Money and debt, housing, council tax, employment rights, special needs education, consumer issues. 
Fridays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Idea Store Bow

Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Fridays, 2.15pm - 3.45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Homework Club
Homework to do? We will help you find the answers with Britannica Online and other online and printed resources.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Fridays from 4:00pm
 
Job Club
Drop into our free workshops for help with finding employment or starting your own business. Use our online resources:
· Self-assessments on Universal Skills
· Create or improve your CV
· Tips on interview questions and answers
· Apply for Universal Job Match
· Online applications
· Apply for volunteer roles with Idea Store
· Access and download eBooks, magazines, newspapers, music and audiobooks
Fridays 11:00am - 12:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Saturday

Dads' Club
Dads’ Club is for dads to share books with their children.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Saturdays, 11:15am

Councillor Ohid Ahmed – Surgery
Do you have any questions or concerns about local government? Come along to speak with Ohid Ahmed to discuss the issues. No appointment required.
1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 10:30am – 11:30am
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Family Reading Group
An opportunity for families to read together and share stories. Meet new families and make new friends.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Saturdays, 2:15pm
 

Sunday

Art Club
Explore your creative side, find out about famous artists and look at how illustrations complement a story. Age: 5 - 11yrs.
Sundays, 2:15pm
Idea Store Bow, Idea Store Canary Wharf, Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel